Thorne Dreyer's guest was indie-folk singer-songwriter Gina Chavez who also performed live on the show. Chavez is known for her impressive multi-instrumental performances and a unique sound inspired by cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and other genres. She won the 2012-13 Austin Music Award for Best Latin Traditional Artist, did two tours in Japan as the Official City of Austin Music Ambassador, and won praise from National Public Radio's All Songs Considered and Alt. Latino where she was featured as one of eight "New Latin Artists at SXSW." The Austin American-Statesman called Chavez "a true Austin music treasure -- angelic vocals and a devilish treat on guitar." Her new album, to be released in February, is called UP.ROOTED.
Gina is also a social activist. She spent eight months of mission work in El Salvador where she established Niña Arriba, a college scholarship fund for girls she lived with in a gang-dominated part of San Salvador. Southern Living Magazine named Chavez one of 11 "southern iconic women who have left a beautiful footprint across the South." In addition to her music, issues discussed on the show included Chavez' formative experiences in El Salvador, her long-time same-sex relationship, the effects of NAFTA on Mexican farmers, and Pope Francis and the increased social justice focus of the Catholic Church.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ioannis Gatsiounis. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 54:23.